Frequently asked questions for Rites for Girls Facilitator Training
For a detailed description of this 18 month immersive training, dates and costs please email us for more information.
What will I get from this training?
This training will change you. It will change you as a woman and, if your are one, also as a mother. You will touch the lives of the girls that you work with. You’ll play your part in helping them to grow up into healthy strong young women. Running GJT groups provides you with really meaningful employment.
This professional training is an investment in your career. Provided you meet the course requirements you will qualify to become an accredited Girls Journeying Together group facilitator. You will then be eligible to join the Rites for Girls Association which will support and promote you to run GJT groups.
Why is there suddenly more demand for GJT groups?
Mental health concerns for girls are increasing. Girls need our support and mothers recognise the value of giving their daughters the opportunity of belonging to a GJT group.
Steve Biddulph has recognised the importance of Rites for Girls work in his most recent best-selling book ‘10 Things Girls Need Most’ which has a section written by Kim on the work of Rites for Girls. We are receiving requests from all over the world for GJT groups so we need more facilitators.
What does the training entail?
The training lasts eighteen months which includes four weeks of residential group training, individual support, peer groups, written work, and supervised practical experience. Each residential module will cover topics directly related to the Rites For Girls program and will ask you to reflect upon your own experiences at that pre-teen stage of your life. We will be journeying together as women, mirroring the journey that you will be learning to facilitate for the girls. This means that two processes will go on simultaneously during the training: in the mornings you will experience a session of Girls Journeying Together group as an 11 year old girl; and in the afternoon there will be processing, teaching, and experiential exercises to support your own individual process as a professional adult woman working with girls of this age.
In addition to the four residential training modules you will be given three individual coaching sessions with either Helena or Kim (face-to-face if possible, otherwise Skype/telephone). You will be allocated peer groups for support throughout the year. After six months, and the third module, you will also receive monthly on-line coaching in small groups with Kim or Helena to support your monthly facilitation of your own GJT groups.
There will be written and practical assignments to complete in between your four training modules and a final qualifying paper to complete before graduation of 7000-8500 words. Your three papers of 2000 – 2500 words, written between modules, will receive written feedback. Once you’re running your own GJT group you’ll be expected to present a short monthly written report of around 1000 words to your supervision group to track your progress and share the joys and struggles you encounter on the way.
Please note: If you have a fear of written work, please don’t let that stop you from joining us. We’re not demanding academic papers nor do you need a talent for writing; the written assignments are partly to help us to see how we can better support each individual woman in her progress, and partly to help ground and integrate your learning for yourself.
How long before I’m qualified to run my own GJT groups?
Six months after you start the Rites for Girls Facilitator Training programme you may be able to begin running your first GJT group with us providing close supervision. On completion of all the training requirements and when you finish running your first GJT group you will become an accredited Rites for Girls facilitator qualified to run GJT groups.
Will you help me get my first GJT group going?
We’ll give you all the training, materials, and support you need to run your GJT group. We’ll help you publicise it and set it up. We’ll give you mini-group supervision every month. We want you to have everything you need to be able enjoy this work and we’re committed to making sure that every girl on a GJT group has a top quality experience.
What if I don’t feel ready to start a group?
That’s fine, there’s no hurry. You can start when you’re ready. You’ll still participate in the group supervisions and learn from your peers who do start running their own GJT groups.
Have I got the right qualifications?
We’re interested to hear what is calling you to this work. We are flexible about our entry requirements as long as you bring some relevant skills and experience. You may have group work experience, counselling or therapy qualifications, teaching or youth work skills, and daughters of your own.
What if I can’t make all the training modules?
Although not ideal, you could make up anything you miss by paying for individual tutorials.
How much can I earn?
Once you’re accredited you can charge £25 per girl per month, so with a group of 12 girls that’s £300 per month or £3,600 per annum per group. Working part-time you could comfortably run six groups a month earning £21,600pa.
Initially, when you run your first supervised GJT group as part of your training we suggest a maximum of ten girls charging them no more than £20 each, potentially earning you £2,400pa.
Aside from investing in your training there are very few other costs in establishing yourself.
How does this fit alongside family life?
Kim developed GJT groups alongside home-educating three children. This work balances really well alongside raising a family. All you need is someone who can have your children for three hours on the days that you run the group. Everything else, the admin and planning can easily fit around family life. Plus it helps you become a better informed parent.
What are the benefits of membership of the Rites for Girls Association?
- You will be listed on the Rites for Girls website as an accredited GJT facilitator licensed to run GJT groups.
- Your GJT groups will be advertised on the website together with your profile and email.
- You will be licensed to use the Rites for Girls logo, kit of promotional materials, and training materials.
- You will have access to our Rites for Girls supervisors to support your work.
- You will be able to benefit from our on-line support network of GJT facilitators.
- You will be eligible for further training so you can learn how to continue your work with the girls as they progress through their teens.
- You will have organisational membership of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
What will membership of the Rites for Girls Association cost?
Founder members will have a special starter fee of £60 for the year.
Normal membership fees will be £120 per annum to cover website administration to promote your GJT groups and membership to the BACP.
In addition you will be asked for the small fee of £15 per month for each GJT group you are running. For founder members this qualifies you for one supervision session with Kim every year. Your fee will be used to develop the work of the Rites for Girls Association. We are not driven by financial ambition; our mission is to widen our reach, create a bursary fund, and bring the benefits of GJT groups to more girls.
Does the training have to be residential?
Absolutely. As soon as women attend one of our training taster days they understand why. The training is intense and covers a lot in a short space of time. You will need to revisit your own pre-teen years in addition to learning how to deliver the GJT programme. GJT groups are different every time, so you will need to acquire the skills to be responsive to the needs of your group of girls and have many tools at your disposal so you can adapt to what the girls bring to each month’s meeting.
I really want to do this training but I’m struggling to see how I can afford it.
We appreciate that this professional training requires significant commitment from you in time and money. We’re dedicated to ensuring every Rites for Girls facilitator is capable of providing a high quality of delivery for their girls. Working at this level with adolescent girls requires in-depth training and we strongly encourage you to come along to a training taster day to help you appreciate what is involved.
We want to make this as accessible as possible so we have designed the course to enable you to begin earning halfway through your training. You have the potential to have earned back the training fees in a couple of years.
We encourage you to use your head to follow your heart. If you feel called to this work then be creative in finding a way to finance your dream.